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Laurel M.

Laurel M.

$26.00 / hr

Candler, NC

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About Laurel

I consider myself a facilitator of healing and learning, which includes being a caregiver. Helping people to achieve their highest level of functioning is what healing is all about which usually includes the process of clients learning new skills. Having been a nurse for 39 years, I have worked at one time or another in almost every aspect of nursing and health care, including many different settings in hospitals, Long Term Care and in the community in group homes, general home health care and community mental health as well as Utilization Review and Education and training. What I have most enjoyed is being able to integrate some of the more holistic aspects of healing and health care into my everyday positions (eg. Nutrition, Stress Management & Relaxation, CranioSacral Therapy, Therapeutic Touch, Color & Sound therapy, etc.). One of the most successful cases I have worked on was a little 8 y.o. boy who had suffered a severe anoxic brain injury after being in a diabetic coma. When I met him, he was confined to a wheelchair, barely able to move more than a finger on his one hand, was fed through a G-tube, not able to walk or talk and required total care. It required intense dedication from his family, assisted in their home by nursing, PT, OT, Speech and many volunteers, but by the end of my time with him 2 years later through an integrated program utilizing many modalities, he was able to walk with a brace, his speech was much improved, he had started toileting himself and was able to eat by mouth again, GT removed. His vision was still not optimal, but had improved significantly and he was able to start attending school again. That was real healing which I was very proud to be a part of!! I can only hope to have opportunities like that again.

Caregiving Services & Expertise

Services

  • Bathing
  • Dressing & Grooming
  • Toileting
  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Prep
  • Groceries & Shopping
  • Transferring & Mobility
  • Exercise
  • Transportation
  • Housekeeping
  • Companionship

Job Interests

    Caregivers that work non-full-time jobs or irregular shifts can negotiate extra compensation in addition to their standard hourly wage.

    Skills & Expertise

    • ALS
    • Alzheimer's Disease
    • Arthritis
    • Cardiovascular Disorders
    • COPD
    • Dementia
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Gastrointestinal Disorders
    • Hearing Disorders
    • Home Health Care
    • Hospice Care
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Neurological Disorders
    • Palliative Care
    • Parkinson's Disease
    • Respiratory Disorders
    • Stroke
    • Senior Care
    • Elder Care
    • Home Care

    Languages

    • English

    Experience & Education

    Assertive Community Treatment Team RN

    May 2009 - May 2016
    Family Preservation Services, RHA, MHA
    Providing crisis and stabilization services for the most severely, persistently mentally ill clients in the community. Assisting them with family issues, housing, health care, medications, vocational needs and learning about their respective challenges and new coping skills. Clients we serve also have included those with co-occurring substance issues, TBI, IDD and personality disorders.
    May 2009 - May 2016

    RN reviewer and supervisory visits, Private Duty

    Feb 2012 - Aug 2012
    New Hope Home Care & Interim Health Care
    Records review and systems updates for Personal Care Services and CAP clients. Also performed some supervisory visits and private duty home care.
    Feb 2012 - Aug 2012

    Staff Develop Coordinator

    May 2011 - Nov 2011
    Asheville Health Care Center
    Staff orientation, skills assessments, inservice education and training in a Long Term Care Facility. Other duties included daily Infection Control oversight, Safety and Quality Improvement Committees, employee health including PPD's, flu shots, etc.
    May 2011 - Nov 2011

    Clinical & classroom instructor ADN & CNA programs

    May 2007 - Sep 2009
    Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
    Adjunct clinical instructor for the ADN (RN) program at various facilities for psychiatry, geriatrics and and pediatrics. Classroom and clinical instructor for the CNA program.
    May 2007 - Sep 2009

    Private Duty/staff relief

    Apr 2007 - May 2009
    STAT Nursing Services
    Provided private care to mainly hospice clients as well as working in various Long Term Care facilities.
    Apr 2007 - May 2009

    Provider and Recipient Reviewer

    May 2006 - May 2009
    Carolina Center for Medical Excellence
    Visiting various agencies providing Personal Care Services for Medicaid, ensuring they were meeting quality standards of care.
    May 2006 - May 2009

    Vicki Milazzo Institute, Houston, TX

    Jan 2007 - Jan 2007
    Jan 2007 - Jan 2007

    RN

    Jun 1977 - Apr 2006
    Several
    Several agencies which included 6 1/2 years in Brain Injury and General Rehabilitation, 6 years working in group homes with clients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 3 years in Inpatient Psychiatry, 8 1/2 years in Home Care as a Case manager, Coordinator of Education & Training, supervisor and private duty, 2 years in Utilization Review and additional LTC. Also served several local attorneys as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant from 2007-2009.
    Jun 1977 - Apr 2006

    Greensboro Area Health Education Center

    Jan 2006 - Jan 2006
    Jan 2006 - Jan 2006

    University of the State of NY, Albany, NY

    Jan 1977 - Jan 1980
    Jan 1977 - Jan 1980

    E.J Meyer Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Buffalo, NY

    Jan 1974 - Jan 1977
    Jan 1974 - Jan 1977
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